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WASHINGTON âEUR" The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), a policy program at the Aspen Institute, will introduce the fifth class of CNAY Champions for Change through a series of events in Washington, DC next month. The 2017 Champions class


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Rosemary Rannes (642)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 8:46 pm
Published January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), a policy program at the Aspen Institute, will introduce the fifth class of CNAY Champions for Change through a series of events in Washington, DC next month. The 2017 Champions class includes CJ Francis (Pasamaquoddy Tribe), Faith Holyan (Navajo Nation), Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet Nation), Nancy Deere-Turney (Muscogee (Creek) Nation), and Samuel Schilling (Kenaitze/St. Lawrence Island Siberian Yupik).

This year’s Champions are strengthening intergenerational ties by honoring tribal elders; tackling youth suicide with innovative uses of social media; encouraging healthy nutritional choices that move tribal communities toward food sovereignty; coordinating culture camps to preserve culture and language; and protecting subsistence ways of life by raising awareness of effects of climate change on tribal communities, among other initiatives.

“We created the Champions for Change program to recognize young Native Americans who, by their work, are inspiring hope in Indian Country,” says CNAY Founder Senator Byron Dorgan (ret.). “Each of the young leaders chosen this year has a remarkable story of leadership that has touched and inspired other young people in their communities. The ripples of hope created by these Champions are leading to positive change for Native American youth. The Center for Native American Youth salutes these five Champions who are provoking and stimulating constructive change every day.”

Champions for Change is CNAY’s cornerstone leadership development program which selects five Native youth between the ages of 14-24 from across the United States each year to share what they’re doing to tackle challenges in their community and inspire other Native youth to take positive action.

CJ, Faith, Mariah, Nancy, and Sam will share their inspirational stories of youth-led community change through a public event at the Aspen Institute on February 14. During their time in the nation’s capital, the Champions will also meet with policymakers, national advocacy organization representatives, and other stakeholders to grow their networks and enhance their leadership efforts.

“These dynamic young Native people showcase the strength and resilience of tribal communities. We’re proud to provide them with this platform to inspire other Native youth and educate decision-makers about their priorities.” said Erik Stegman, Executive Director of CNAY.

MmAway M (519)
Thursday January 19, 2017, 10:18 pm
Thank you dear Rosemary for all you do, kinda a surprise when you got off animals!

I was going to copy past your news, but saw you did it! Bless your heart for all you do!

Frankly, I do get quite appalled at what is going on and would anyone help? If I have time I will post political people's name and addressed! Trying darling! xx Battery dead gotta go!

Danuta W (1251)
Friday January 20, 2017, 1:24 am

TOM TREE (247)
Friday January 20, 2017, 12:36 pm
VERY KEWL ! Thank You for Sharing .....
AWESOME !! Thanks

Birgit W (160)
Friday January 20, 2017, 1:32 pm
Thank you very much for sharing Rosemary.

Colleen L (3)
Friday January 20, 2017, 4:39 pm
Thanks Rosemary

Winn A (179)
Saturday January 21, 2017, 5:17 pm
Thanks Rosemary for the post. Congratulations to all.
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